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The sub $400 range proffers pretty good home theatres sets for apartments and homes. The best home theatres under $400 are boosted by Dolby Pro Logic II and Dolby Digital surround systems and even feature up to 6 speakers and a Subwoofer, and are ideal for listening to music.

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Philips HTL5120

Philips HTL5120 Soundbar Speaker


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Philips HTL5120
Sony BDV-E3100
Yamaha YAS-201
Panasonic SC-HTB550
Panasonic SC-BTT195
Philips HTL5120 Soundbar Speaker
Sony BDV-E3100 5.1 Channel 3D Blu-ray Disc Home Theater
Yamaha YAS-201 Front Surround System with Wireless Subwoofer
Panasonic SC-HTB550 Theater System
Panasonic SC-BTT195 Theater System
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May 2013
Feb 2013
Oct 2012
Apr 2012
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Number Of Speakers
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
1 Sound bar and Subwoofer
2 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
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Music
Music, Movies
Music, Movies
Music
Music, Movies

  • The Philips HTL5120 is up against some stiff competition in the soundbar sector but stands head and shoulders above similarly-priced rivals thanks largely to its superb sound quality. It demonstrates scale, refinement and low-frequency composure beyond its price tag, making for a hugely satisfying listen. Throw in superb build quality, gorgeous looks, built-in Bluetooth and plentiful connections, and the HTL5120 cements its place as one of the best soundbars in its class.


  • Spend some time in the HTL5120's company and you'll soon realise that it's one of the best soundbars in its class. It reaches levels of refinement and smoothness beyond what you'd expect from a £250 soundbar, but backs it up with power and punch when needed - all of which makes for a thrilling listen, even within the limitations of a stereo soundbar. Couple that with superb build quality, a clever-yet-classy design, plentiful connections and built-in Bluetooth and you have yourself a real bargain.


  • The SC-HTB550 is a major step up from last year's SC-HTB520, not just in the flexibility of its design, but also in the array of connections on offer. Changing some of the more in-depth settings can be a bit obtuse, but most of the main features are still easy to use. And when it comes to delivering good bass effects and clean, clear dialogue, it's up with the best soundbars we've tested. As a result, if you're looking for a modestly priced soundbar or 2.1 system, we think it's a good option.


  • A symphony in black plastic, the Panasonic SC-HTB550 confounds expectations. The system, which comprises a wireless subwoofer, 95cm soundbar and dedicated audio processor, looks decidedly utilitarian yet it sounds like a mini multiplex.

    Two HDMI inputs mean you can hook up both games console/disc player plus a set top box, and system is Bluetooth compatible too. Movie soundtracks are delivered with authority and the system's virtual 3D sound processing does a terrific job spreading audio far and wide.


  • The Pansonic SC-BTT195 is an inexpensive, easy way to get a 5.1-channel surround sound experience and Blu-ray player in one box, but it's not the most impressive-sounding home theater system.


  • Given its $399 suggested retail price, the SC-BTT195 offers a whole lot of bang for the buck. It sets up quickly, providing a 3D-capable Blu-ray player and provides access to a nice selection of audio and video streaming services. While the speakers seem a little flimsy, for the price this can be overlooked, especially for anyone who loves movies but lacks the budget and space for a full-fledged component home theater system.


  • The SC-BTT195 is a good option for those looking for a modestly-priced all-in-one system to enjoy Blu-ray, DVD, internet streaming, and to enhance their audio listening experience, especially for movies, in a smaller room environment. For a home theater-in-a-box system in its price class, it is worth consideration.